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It's good to be home again.

I won't say it wasn't a swell trip. We saw friends, had a good time at Boskone and the New York City Comicon, did business, enjoyed a great dinner with my family...

Getting the norovirus in the middle of our travels did kind of suck, however, and then on our way home, Parris had her luggage robbed. Someone opened a locked suitcase and stole her ipod and a whole bunch of new peripherals that she'd just bought at the Apple Store in NYC. They also stole the two locks. (Both brand new "TSA approved" locks, I might add. So far as I can see, locking your luggage with a TSA approved lock is completely useless, since everyone and his brother has the keys. And of course you're no longer allowed to use locks that might actually keep thieves out of your luggage. It's all to make us more "secure," hoo hah).

She's getting the usual run-around as regards to filing a claim for the stolen items. TSA blames the airline, the airline blames TSA, and no one takes any responsibility. Continental Airlines has been especially useless. TSA and the police have actually been treating Parris with courtesy and doing what they can to help her, but from Continental she's gotten nothing but phone trees, disconnects, brush-offs from disinterested "customer service" people, and repeated refrains of "it's not our responsibility" -- though indications are that it is the Continental baggage handlers who are the culprits here.

We also had trouble with Continental on the way east, but that was in connection with our carry-on luggage. We were seated in row 19 out of Houston to Boston, yet by the time we were allowed to board ALL the overhead space on the plane had been filled by the passengers seated in rows 20 and back, so an especially obnoxious flight attendant insisted that I check my carry on (not even a wheelie, but a nylon shoulder bag), and threatened to call "security" and have me removed from the plane when I refused to give it to her (the bag contains valuables and personal items that cannot be checked). I told her the bag would fit under the seat, but she refused to believe me, choosing to go by her own three-second "eyeball" inspection of the bag rather than listen to my assurances. That damn bag is TWENTY YEARS OLD and has fit under many airline seats over the decades. I have crossed oceans with the bag under the seat in front of me, I was trying to tell her... but she didn't want to listen, she just wanted to threaten me with the FAA. Fortunately an older and wiser flight attendant intervened before this young obnoxious one could throw me off the plane, and actually helped, opening an overhead bin, turning one of those monstrous carry-on "rollers" sideways, and making room for my shoulder bag. If not for her, I might have been dragged off my flight.

Anyway, Continental Airlines has moved right to the bottom of our list as "airline we are least likely ever to fly again." They won't let you carry on your valuables, and if you check your stuff, they steal it.

But enough venting. We DID have fun on the trip as well, when we weren't throwing up or being robbed. Boskone is still a great con, although the new hotel is a definite step down, and we had a good time at the New York City Comicon, where I did signings for Tor, Bantam, and DBPro/Marvel, got to meet the entire amazing Dabel clan, and did all sorts of business.

Even so... it IS good to be home.

Comments

hippoiathanatoi
Mar. 6th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
My goodness. A Christian with a potty mouth, will wonders never cease?

The internet is indeed your friend.

For example, one of the oldest comics awards in the U.S. was the Alley Awards, and there just happens to be a complete list of the awards it gave out. In 1965 and 1969, "Best Fan Project" was given to "New York Comicon". If you look at other conventions mentioned in the awards, the New York convention is the only one labelled 'Comicon'.

The Wikipedia article for the Comic Art Convention notes that the 1964 New York Comic Book Convention founded by Len Wein and Bernie Bubnis was known as ...

(Wait for it)

"New York Comicon"

And here is Gary Groth, one of the luminaries of independent comics, discussing comicons back in the 1970s,: "I was the Convention Director of two national comicons, Metro Con 70 and 71... The 1974 July Fourth New York Comicon..."

Oh, and here's Roy Thomas, another luminary in the field, another person who helped found New York comics fandom, in a fanzine from around 1970: "My own choice, influenced by s-f fandom as I am, would be to have all the members of the New York Comicon..."

(I will add one small correction to GRRM's response, though. George, you mean the 1964 con, as that was the first comicon in NYC, and what you wrote in RRetrospective.)
svengoolie007
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
I don't know what me telling you I'm christian has to do with anything. It used to be that everyone was... now this messed up country is full of gits calling themselves athiests. But just because you stuck to morals and believe in God doesn't mean you can't say shit piss fuck cunt cocksucker mother fucker tits fart turd and twat.

It's all relative.
the_corbie
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Colossians 3:18, "But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth."

Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."

Matthew 15:18, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man."

Psalms 10:7 "His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity."

I'm an atheist, by the way, albeit not from your country. But I know my Bible, better than you, it seems. ;)
kram006
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
You're a bad Christian.
rockstarwookie
Mar. 6th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Way to not answer the refutation of the point which you were bitching (and wrong) about, Brett.
Here's a tip, Brett, for the next time you decide to be an ass to somebody. Being pedantic is more effective when you aren't wrong.
svengoolie007
Mar. 7th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Ahahaha. That's funny. I don't care if anyone knows my name, it's still anonymous. Posting something on the intarweb is always going to be more truthful than what you would say in person. You think I would ever say this stuff to GRRM? I would bow at his feet and say he's a kickass author. But through the wonder of the internet, I can show my true gripes.

So, where did you find my name?
koyotesdaughter
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Your name's just the tip of the iceberg, Brett. Safe to say you aren't even remotely anonymous, through the wonder of the internet. There's also a difference between "truthful" and spewing bile.
aeureka
Mar. 7th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
"You think I would ever say this stuff to GRRM? I would bow at his feet and say he's a kickass author. But through the wonder of the internet, I can show my true gripes."


So you're a pussy as well as a troll? Wow! Multitasker! :D
nimbrethil
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
....

For the love of the Gods, can we all just refrain from the spewing of sexist pejoratives?
rockstarwookie
Mar. 7th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Oh, I wasn't the first to get your name, if you check the resonses to your claim that you are anonymous.

I dont know about anyone else, but I did it by creating a "profile" from the things we knew about you, like male, teenager, obnoxious ass, swearer, extreme pedant, makes blasé claims and gets facts wrong, nerd, self-righteous Christian, pussy, waster, worthless... you know, all the obvious character traits you have.
A few things I had to take a stab at like coward to narrow it down, but when I looked up this profile, whaddya know, your name came out way ahead of the curve and left little room for doubt that it was you.
Don't think it was just your name we got, Brett. If we can get that, you know we have to have been able to get a lot more.

You know, you're the first Internet troll I've ever read to come right out and admit that they were a coward. You're probably even be the first person I've ever had admit that to me. Maybe you should think about that.

Craven Brett Simon, the stupidest troll ever.
balefont
Mar. 7th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
< humps Paddy>

Brett, if you are so heated about people so-called 'misusing' the term 'comicon', go bitch about it on your own blog. Hell, maybe you'll even gather a following.

The point is, this is George's personal blog which he has graciously, not only shared with us, but also allows his fans to post and comment.

Because of people who make rude and snotty comments ON HIS BLOG, he was forced to block anon posters. Yes, people LIKE YOU. The beauty of forcing you to create an LJ account is that George can now BLOCK YOU if he so desires.

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